Welcome! This is an UNOFFICIAL page with information gathered from Italian government sources, for ItaliaPass community members, customers of ItaliaRail, ItaliaTours, ItaliaHotels and ItaliaDrive, and all other interested travelers to Italy. We hope this information helps you sort through the current Covid restrictions in Italy.

How do I get a super green pass?

In Italy, the super green pass is the EU Digital Covid Certificate issued by your home country. Please note that while the EU recommends a nine-month validity for vaccination certificates, starting February 1, 2022, Italy will adopt a six-month validity period. That means your EU Digital Covid Certificate (super green pass in Italy) will only be valid in Italy for six months from the date of your most recent vaccine dose.

You need to apply for an NI Covid travel certificate or recovery certificate, which will be used as your super green pass in Italy. 

The Irish government isn’t currently including booster doses on the EU Digital Covid Certificate. This may make your vaccination certificate invalid as a super green pass if your second dose was more than six months ago as of February 1, 2022. To ask about the current status, go to the Irish Government’s EU Digital COVID Certificate Live Chat Portal.

Your country isn’t connected to the EU Digital Covid Certificate system. You need to show your country’s official vaccination certificate (such as the CDC white card for US travelers) or an official recovery certificate issued by government or state health authorities, as the equivalent in Italy to the super green pass. 

Be advised that not all restaurant and venue owners in Italy uniformly recognize vaccination certificates that cannot be scanned by the Italian system; however, this FAQ on the Italian government on its green pass website (in Italian only) states that US and Canadian vaccination and recovery certificates are valid as super green pass equivalents in Italy.

More information for US travelers about CDC white cards as super green pass equivalent at the US Embassy in Italy Covid-19 information page.

More information for Canadian travelers about Canadian vaccination certificates as super green pass equivalent at the Canadian Embassy in Italy Covid-19 FAQ page.

Your NHS Covid Pass can be scanned in Italy as a super green pass. Please note that while the EU recommends a nine-month validity for vaccination certificates, starting February 1, 2022, Italy will adopt a six-month validity period. That means your NHS Covid Pass (super green pass in Italy) will only be valid in Italy for six months from the date of your most recent vaccine dose.

If your child has received two vaccine doses, you can request an NHS Covid Pass letter by calling 119 or via NHS.UK. You can use the letter as the super green pass equivalent in Italy.

On the Italian National Tourist Board’s Covid-19 web page, under the heading “Validity of the Certificates,” it states:

“The vaccination certificate is valid for nine months from the completion of the vaccination cycle or the administration of the booster dose. The certificate is also issued after the first dose; in this case, it is valid 15 days after administration and up to the scheduled date for administration of the second dose.

If your child has a digital NHS Covid Pass from recovery, the QR code on that certificate is what will be used in Italy as a super green pass (valid six months from start date on certificate). At the current time, the NHS is not providing the Covid Pass letter to certify recovery. If your child doesn’t have a digital NHS Covid Pass from recovery, contact 119 or NHS.UK to ask how you can get a recovery certificate for international travel.

See above.

Check to see if your country has connected to the EU Digital Covid Certificate program. If so, the QR code on your vaccination or recovery certificate should be able to be scanned in Italy as the super green pass.

The Italian government on its super green pass website states that in addition to the US, Canada, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, vaccination and recovery certificates from Japan and Israel are also valid as super green pass equivalents.

Be advised that not all restaurant and venue owners in Italy uniformly recognize vaccination certificates that cannot be scanned by the Italian system, but those mentioned above are technically valid in Italy regardless of whether they have a QR code or not.

For travelers from all other countries, please note that the information on the Italian government’s green pass website currently contradicts information on the Italian foreign ministry website regarding green pass validity for vaccination certificates, where instead it says (bottom of grey “news” box):

“All other foreign citizens vaccinated abroad with the above-mentioned vaccines are entitled to access all venues and services for which a Green Pass is mandatorily required in Italy (see box below).”

Therefore, for any countries not specifically addressed, contact either your country’s embassy in Italy, or the Italian embassy in your home country.

No. The super green pass requirements apply to everyone in Italy age 12 and over.

Yes. The Italian health ministry offers a Covid-19 and green pass hotline staffed 24/7 with numbers for calling from within Italy and from abroad. The numbers to call from outside Italy are +39 0232008345 or +39 0283905385.

Entry requirements and green pass requirements

To check the current entry requirements for your specific country of origin and any countries you have traveled to in the 14 days prior to entry to Italy, use the Italian foreign ministry’s interactive survey.

If the vaccination was the one-dose Johnson & Johnson, this is considered a completed vaccination cycle and is therefore valid for the super green pass.

For vaccines that require two doses to complete the initial vaccination cycle, the Italian health ministry has specified that both of the doses must be completed in order to be considered fully vaccinated in Italy. One completed dose of a two-dose vaccine cycle, therefore, is not valid as a super green pass. Our source for this answer is two separate calls (one on December 20, one on January 15) to the Italian health ministry’s Covid-19 and green pass hotline, 1500.

People traveling from countries on the Italian foreign ministry’s List C can enter Italy with an EU Digital Covid Certificate obtained through recovery, or an equivalent recovery certificate, without having to quarantine. People who have stayed in or passed through the US, Canada and Japan in the 14 days prior to entry (List D) can also use their recovery certificates instead of a vaccination certificate for entry purposes without having to quarantine.

We translated the government’s super green pass chart into English so you can see which activities require a super green pass.

Starting January 10, a super green pass will be required for all forms of public transport, including all local and long-distance buses and trains. 

Starting January 10, 2022, a super green pass will be required to eat outdoors and indoors at all restaurants and bars.

Starting January 10, 2022, a super green pass will be required to stay at a hotel in Italy.

Starting January 10, 2022, a super green pass will be required to access ski lifts.

Vaccination and recovery certificates

Until January 31, 2022, vaccination certificates are valid in Italy for nine months from the date of the most recent vaccine dose. Starting February 1, 2022, vaccination certificates will be valid in Italy for six months from the date of the most recent vaccine dose. 

For super green pass eligibility, the Italian health ministry has mandated that anyone age 12 and up must have a vaccination certificate that shows the most recent vaccination dose within the past six months (starting February 1, 2022 – nine months through January 31, 2022), or, alternatively, a recovery certificate with the date of the first positive test result within the past six months.

No. Eligible equivalent foreign vaccination certificates in Italy follow the same standards as those imposed by the Italian health ministry for green pass purposes. In Italy, a vaccination certificate is valid as a super green pass immediately starting from the date of the second dose and remains valid as of the date of any subsequent dose.

A foreign recovery certificate considered valid as a super green pass in Italy must show full name, birthdate, proof of positive Covid test with date of first positive result, and identification information of government or state health authority issuing certificate. The health ministry has specified that foreign recovery certificates must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

Travelers from countries on List C can enter with an EU Digital Covid Certificate obtained through recovery, or an equivalent recovery certificate, without having to quarantine. In addition, travelers who have stayed in or passed through Canada, Japan and the United States in the fourteen days prior to their entry into Italy can also show a digital or paper recovery certificate for entry to Italy in lieu of a vaccination certificate, without having to quarantine.

Travelers from other countries on List D who do not have a valid vaccination certificate will be required to quarantine for five days upon entry.

Unfortunately, not all restaurant and venue owners in Italy are properly informed about foreign vaccination certificate equivalents and therefore some are not accepting or recognizing vaccination or recovery certificates that cannot be scanned by the Italian system. 

However, the Italian government has stated that these certificates are equally valid if the vaccine is one authorized by the EMA or an equivalent authorized in Italy (Covishield/Serum Institute of India, manufactured under license from AstraZeneca; R-CoVI/R-Pharm, manufactured under licence from AstraZeneca; Covid-19 vaccine-recombinant/Fiocruz, manufactured under licence from AstraZeneca).

The certificates must be in one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, Spanish or German; otherwise they need to be accompanied by a sworn translation.

The validity timeframe of the vaccination certificates is the same as for those issued in Italy.

For more information on Italian regulations regarding third-country validity of vaccination certificates, see the Italian government green pass website (in Italian only).

The QR codes that are valid in Italy are those that are compatible with the EU Digital Covid Certificate system. That includes Covid certificates issued by EU member states as well as non-EU countries and territories that have joined the EU Digital Covid Certificate system.

To check if your vaccination or recovery certificate QR code will scan in Italy, download the app VerificaC19 (Google PlayApp Store) on your mobile device. Scan your QR code selecting “rafforzata” from the drop down menu, then “scansiona il QR code.”

Unvaccinated travelers and quarantine

Until January 31, 2022, travelers from countries on List C who enter Italy without a negative Covid test and a valid certificate of vaccination or recovery and from countries on List D who enter Italy without a negative Covid test and a valid certificate of vaccination (or recovery for travelers from Canada, Japan and the US) have to quarantine for five days upon arrival.

Unvaccinated children are exempt from quarantine requirements upon entry to Italy if they are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent (check entry requirements here). However, unvaccinated children ages 12 and up will not be able to access venues and activities that require a super green pass in Italy.

Where can I get a rapid antigen test in Italy?

View our post Where to Get a Covid Test in Italy for more information.

If you have questions about travel to Italy that weren’t answered here, you can ask them at our ItaliaPass community.